What We Do

What We Do

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Education | Natural Resources | Local Issues | Social & Criminal Justice | Student Internships

While maintaining strict nonpartisanship regarding candidates and parties, the League may and does support or oppose issues after a process of study and consensus.

Our local committees identify issues of interest to the community, conduct an investigation and evaluate the results, both pro and con.  Following vetting, and with approval, the League promotes its position to voters through education and advocacy.

We study issues, take action and lobby legislators and school boards in our efforts to seek positive changes for our students.

Education

Education News clip artWe study issues, take action and lobby legislators and school boards in our efforts to seek positive changes for our students. 

What We Support

  • Elimination of for-profit-charter school management;
  • provide stronger local control over all charter schools (fiscal management and accountability);
  • student admissions and dismissals; and,
  • civil rights enforcement for students with disabilities.

Meetings

WHEN: 3rd Tuesdays, 11:30 am
WHERE: Santa Fe Downtown, 530 W University Avenue (CIED Building)

Contact

Chair: erneypht [at] bellsouth.net (Phyllis Erney)

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Natural Resources

Florida's Natural ResourcesTo preserve Florida’s land, and ensure that citizens in Alachua County have clean water and air. We collect, review, analyze, interpret and disperse data for public education.

What We Support

  • Wetland Expansion: Approved 1/23/18 –link to background.
  • New standards for future growth –link to explanation.
  • Saving Gainesville's Heritage Trees
  • Zero Waste Gainesville
  • Ready for 100
  • Solar Installations
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Exploring if and how to increase UF use of GRU

Meetings

WHEN: 3rd Wednesdays, 5:30 pm

WHERE: LifeSouth, 4039 W Newberry Road

Contact

jbreiskind [at] yahoo.com (Julia Reiskind) or rosenbek1940 [at] gmail.com (John Rosenbek)

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Local Issues

The Local Issues Committee and its Action Teams focus on identifying the wide-ranging issues facing Gainesville City and Alachua county residents.

What We Support

  • Affordable Housing
    • What is the state of housing in Gainesville?
    • What are the potential effects of gentrification on affordability?
    • What's new in Alachua County:  Land Trust Community
    • What's the coming 'silver tsunami?
  • Civic Education
    •  Explore working with Bob Graham Center to promote civic education
    • Collaborate with other League chapters
  • Home Rule
    • Learn about ongoing negotiations between GRU and GREC
    • Prepare for the 2018 ballot referendum that will determine future governance of GRU

Meetings

WHEN: 1st Thursday each month, 5:00 pm

WHERE: Santa Fe Downtown, 530 W University Avenue (CIED Building)

Contact

dramalady [at] gmail.com (Sue Hatch), Chair

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Social and Criminal Justice

Gavel - Social and Criminal JusticeWe focus on improving the adult and juvenile criminal justice system and deflecting people from it through prevention and treatment consistent with accountability and justice. In order to accomplish this, we advocate for the establishment of a comprehensive, civil system of care to provide assessments and wrap-around services.

What We Support

We are working to deflect individuals from the justice system by increasing reliance on civil or social entities;

  • coordination among county, municipalities and Criminal Justice;
  • Establish a revolving bail system that will minimize the incarceration of people too poor to pay bail; and
  • Determine cost-effectiveness of restoration of suspended driver’s licenses due to unrelated issues or events (i.e., unpaid child support).

Contact

Email bennettb53 [at] gmail.com (Bennet Brummer), Chair

Resources

November 3, 2016
ABA Journal, Sep 02, 2016

PDF iconStepping Up: Florida’s Top Civil Citation Efforts 2016

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Student Internships

The League of Women Voters offers internships to University of Florida and Santa Fe College students in the spring and fall semesters of each academic year. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with a meaningful learning experience about the League and its activities. The students gain a heightened awareness of the importance of civic engagement, as well as some new skills for acting in the political arena.